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28 June 2012

Birds of prey soar through USA

L : Golden Eagle (金雕) ; R : Northern Harrier (白尾鷂)
Peregrine Falcon (遊隼)
USA (2012)
20th January, 2012. Washington D.C.
23rd March, 2012. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
26th March, 2012. Big Bend National Park, Texas

In the beginning of the year, USPS rise up the postage, a set of 5 birds of prey stamps in 85c for domestic mail weighing up over 3-ounces to be issued. Here is the series of maxicards cancelled at individual places as their related inhabit places, the five birds of prey, as known as raptors, are easy to be found in the world except Antarctica, selected five species mostly common from Alaska to the range of Rocky Mountains.

L : Osprey (魚鷹) ; R : Northern Goshawk (蒼鷹)
USA (2012)
26th March, 2012. Osprey, Florida
30th April, 2012. Wisdom, Montana

24 June 2012

Peace Dove

Rock Pigeon (原鴿)
China (2012)

18th May, 2012. Hepingmen, Beijing

In recent years, China Post decided turn their stamp design in higher quality, when compare with 10-15 years ago, thanks to computer effect stamps are look more colourful. The above joint-issue with Israel is one example.Two illustrated birds, Bohemian Waxwing and Rock Pigeon, are not much look like real birds and decorated with sharped colour.

The reason to choose two birds as their Chinese names are as well as peaceful. Bohemian Waxwing widely to be found in northern Eurasia area and migrates to south, sometimes can be found them in Fujian, Guangdong or further-south of Vietnam and Cambodia. Rock Pigeon, now becomes domestic dove in worldwide, originally lives in Germany. The whited doves always is a iconic bird of peace in variety activities.

10 June 2012

Carel Fabritius

Goldfinch (紅額金翅雀)
The Netherlands (1999)

27th February, 2012. Kerkplein, The Hague

Carel Fabritius (bapt. 27 February 1622 - 12 October 1654) was a Dutch painter born in Beemster. In the early 1640s he studied at Rembrandt's studio in Amsterdam, along with his brother Barent Fabritius. After ten years he moved to Delft and joined the Delft painters' guild in 1652. However two years later, he died.

Of all Rembrandt's pupils, Fabritius was the only one to develop his own artistic style, he interested in complex spatial effects which can be seen in A View in Delft, with a Musical Instrument Seller's Stall (1652) and also The Goldfinch (1654).

The Goldfinch now is the collection of Mauritshuis, The Hague.

2 June 2012

Northern Flicker

Northern Flicker (北撲翅鴷)
Cayman Islands (2006) ; USA (1982)

Cayman Islands : 9th October, 2008. George Town
USA : 10th March, 2012. Fort Payne, Alabama

Northern Flicker, as known as Yellowhammer which is common name in United States, is a common middle sized woodpecker in Northern American. It is a migratory bird to be found in summer of Canada while migrates to Latin America or Caribbean Sea's islands. However some of the birds reside in United States or Mexico.

Generally there are two sub-species of Northern Flicker - Yellow-shafted Flicker (金翼啄木鳥 / C. auratus) mostly to be found in eastern North America while Red-shafted Flicker (紅翼啄木鳥 / C. auratus cafer) is east part of North America. Above two maxicards, also feature Yellow-shafted Flicker, although Cayman Islands one is endemic species C. auratus gundlachi.

Northern Flicker is a state bird of Alabama, it commonly to be found in Desoto State Park which nears the town Fort Payne.